WAKEFIELD - Marvin C. Gruelle, 82, of Hobe Sound, Fla., and Wakefield, died at his New Hampshire home on Oct. 5, 2013.
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Marv was born in Indianapolis, Ind., on Dec. 21, 1930, to Marvin C. and Elizabeth K. (Miller) Gruelle and grew up in the Midwest. He attended Purdue University then served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War as an aircraft carrier fighter pilot.
Subsequently, he went to work for Eastern Airlines, Precision Airlines, the Trump Shuttle and finally US Airways as a pilot, dispatcher and crew scheduler. He was based in Miami, Washington D.C., New Orleans, Manchester and New York, N.Y.
Years after retiring from the airline industry, he spent 10 seasons working at the New Hampshire Boat Museum in Wolfeboro where he enjoyed interacting with visitors and sharing his knowledge of boats.
His hobbies including flying, auto racing, golf, boating and reading. He cherished the time he spent with friends and family and loved wintering on Florida's east coast. He was an Honorary Kentucky Colonel as well as an avid aviation and Civil War history buff.
He is survived by his spouse of 20 years, Sue Lynn; his brother, Robert B. Gruelle; sons Marvin and Jon Gruelle and stepdaughters Jill and Cynthia Teeters. He leaves behind nine beloved grandchildren as well as his two faithful Westies. A classic "curmudgeon," he will be sorely missed by all those who knew him - family and friends alike.
services: There will be no visiting hours. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Cornerstone Hospice, 178 Farmington Road, Rochester 03867. Visit www.lordfuneralhome.com to sign the online guest book. Arrangements are under the direction of Lord Funeral Home, Wolfeboro.
Published in Union Leader on Oct. 8, 2013